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My dog helped me with my homework.

Increasingly, dogs are being employed to help the development of children with a variety of special needs. A new study conducted by Lori Friesen, a doctoral candidate at the University of Alberta, looks at the benefits of literacy learning with a therapy dog.

Although still analyzing her results, Friesen observed that many children in a Grade 2 class felt motivated when they had the option to read to a dog.

In of a class of 18, each child voluntarily signed up for three months to participate in the program. While careful not to draw too many conclusions at this stage, Friesen suggests the dogs offered a nurturing reading experience. Some children became more confident in their reading abilities.

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